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TWO AND TWO-AND-A-HALF YEAR OLD PROGRAMS  

The primary goals of the two and two-and-a-half programs are to ease the transition from home to preschool, instill a positive attitude concerning school, provide opportunities for socialization, and to foster developing senses of independence and cooperation . Through hands-on experiences, the children

 

 
 

work with a variety of art materials and manipulative toys and practice fine motor skills such as cutting and pasting. Through familiar songs and rhymes, finger plays and stories, developing language skills and communication skills are encouraged.  Children work with common objects, identify body parts, qualities (texture, size, weight, temperature), and are exposed to basic shapes, colors, and number concepts from 1 to 5. Children are free to choose among the activity centers, and are guided in sharing, taking turns, and showing concern for others' feelings.  

 

The student/teacher ratio in the Two Year Old program is 8:2; and 10:2 in the Two-and-a-Half program. 
 
 
THREE YEAR OLD PROGRAM 


The three year old program strives to develop a positive attitude about school and learning, to foster each child's level of readiness and independence, and to encourage deeper levels of cooperation and understanding.  Children are encouraged to follow simple directions and attend to activities for longer periods of time.  They experience number concepts to 10 with one to one correspondence, counting by rote, and working with basic shapes and colors.  The children begin to recognize their names in printed form and may identify isolated letters.  By choosing among the activity centers, and interacting with their peers, they begin to perfect the give and take of play, cooperate, and learn to participate in a group.  Children are encouraged to recognize the needs of others, individual differences cooperate with routines and assist with clean up.  They are exposed to a variety of media and manipulatives to improve fine motor skills.  Developing language is valued and fostered through language experience stories, imaginative play, finger play and interaction with peers and adults.  Problem solving by using your words is encouraged.   

 

The student/teacher ratio for the Three Year Olds is 12:2 or 14:2. 
 
 
FOUR YEAR OLD PROGRAM 


The four year old curriculum builds on the child's emerging interest in exploring the world around him.  Using a unit approach, children are encouraged to make discoveries with hands-on experiences.  Topic related activities are incorporated into many different learning centers.  The children are exposed to upper and lower case letters, their sounds, and words that begin with that sound.  They begin to identify letters in their first and last names.  The classroom is filled with labels, environmental print and writing opportunities for those displaying an interest. Pencil and paper activities are available, but not stressed.  More complex colors and shapes, and abstract concepts (pretend/real, whole/half) are introduced.  The children experience number concepts to 20 by rote, sequence and one-to-one correspondence.  They are given opportunities to work with more sophisticated puzzles, materials and concepts. Classroom projects emphasize the process rather than the product. Language experiences are varied with an emphasis on verbal contributions from the children.  They are encouraged to communicate with appropriate language to express ideas, feelings and emotions; respect rights of others; accept direction and assume classroom and self-help responsibilities.  

 

The student/teacher ratio in the Four Year Old Program is 12:2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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